110V != 220V… sparks will fly

when traveling abroad, you will discover other countries use a different range of voltage than that of the US. in South Korea, they use 220V which is way different than the 110V in the US. they also use a different plug outlet (two small thin prongs). making sure whatever electronic device from the US you plug into an outlet here can handle 220V seems obvious, but that didn’t stop me from attempting to try getting my Xbox 360 to work here…

the Xbox 360 has a large power supply brick that says it can only handle 110V input. i had purchased a voltage converter from Best Buy that worked as well as using a rock to convert voltage (unfortunately, i didn’t discover this until i had moved to Seoul, so i doubt i can get a refund…). i also purchased a couple of plug adapters for those electronic devices that can handle 220V input (like my laptop). anyway, i tried the voltage converter first, and the Xbox 360 turned on for maybe 2 seconds, and then nothing worked. so i thought “hey, i’ll try the plug adapter and see if that may work.” don’t try this…. plugging it into the wall caused sparks to fly out of the plug adapter. the result was i now had a broken Xbox 360 power supply and a broken plug adapter. thankfully this was the worst that happened and nothing more like a fire or injury. and since then i have purchased a Korean Xbox 360 power supply that works just fine with 220V as well as the US Xbox 360 ๐Ÿ™‚ my friend bought me a real voltage converter that works great too!

so learn from my dumbness; if the input range does not include the voltage you want to use, then it won’t work and you can easily destroy the device or do something worse…

  • Michael

    I have an American XBOX 360 in Seoul, I’m very clueless when it comes to understanding what you explained in your situation, but if you could offer me any advice I would greatly appreciate. I understand so far that I need a ‘transformer’ that may work for a little while but could eventually damage the system. What do I need to buy and where? Thanks, I’ll buy you a beer!

  • Michael

    I have an American XBOX 360 in Seoul, I’m very clueless when it comes to understanding what you explained in your situation, but if you could offer me any advice I would greatly appreciate. I understand so far that I need a ‘transformer’ that may work for a little while but could eventually damage the system. What do I need to buy and where? Thanks, I’ll buy you a beer!

  • Sorry for my confused explanation… basically, the US Xbox 360’s plug runs on a different voltage than South Korea. So to get your 360 working here in Seoul, you will either need a voltage converter or a Korean Xbox 360 plug. My friend ordered a voltage converter online, but i had already fried my US Xbox 360 plug, so i ended up purchasing a Korean plug that has worked fine.

    Make sure you use a voltage converter and not a plug adapter. The plug adapter only lets you plug a US plug into a Korean outlet, but does not convert the voltage. This will cause damage to your Xbox (or other electronics that can’t handle 220V). Be sure to check the label on your plug beforehand and it will tell you the voltage that it can handle. For example: my PSP plug says Input: 100V~240V, but my DS plug says AC100V. So my PSP only needs a plug adapter, and my DS has to use the voltage converter. Hope this helps and hope you don’t fry anything!

  • Sorry for my confused explanation… basically, the US Xbox 360’s plug runs on a different voltage than South Korea. So to get your 360 working here in Seoul, you will either need a voltage converter or a Korean Xbox 360 plug. My friend ordered a voltage converter online, but i had already fried my US Xbox 360 plug, so i ended up purchasing a Korean plug that has worked fine.

    Make sure you use a voltage converter and not a plug adapter. The plug adapter only lets you plug a US plug into a Korean outlet, but does not convert the voltage. This will cause damage to your Xbox (or other electronics that can’t handle 220V). Be sure to check the label on your plug beforehand and it will tell you the voltage that it can handle. For example: my PSP plug says Input: 100V~240V, but my DS plug says AC100V. So my PSP only needs a plug adapter, and my DS has to use the voltage converter. Hope this helps and hope you don’t fry anything!

  • Amir

    Where did you get the new power supply from? I am in Czech Republic, and tried using a converter. Unfortunately, the powere supply is now fried and I cannot find out how to get a new power supply. Thanks.

    • i was able to buy a Korean power supply at a video game shop in a large electronics market place here. the worker literally sold me the power supply of the Xbox 360 he had on display. so i’m not actually sure where you can go and purchase a power supply… maybe you’ll have to call Microsoft?

  • Amir

    Where did you get the new power supply from? I am in Czech Republic, and tried using a converter. Unfortunately, the powere supply is now fried and I cannot find out how to get a new power supply. Thanks.

    • i was able to buy a Korean power supply at a video game shop in a large electronics market place here. the worker literally sold me the power supply of the Xbox 360 he had on display. so i’m not actually sure where you can go and purchase a power supply… maybe you’ll have to call Microsoft?

  • khehra

    Hi, i live in australia and it uses 220v. i have a canadian xbox 360 which uses 110v. I have ordered a power supply from ebay and should be in about 3 days. i now understand that buying a power supply from the country your in, will make any xbox 360 power up and work fine.

  • khehra

    Hi, i live in australia and it uses 220v. i have a canadian xbox 360 which uses 110v. I have ordered a power supply from ebay and should be in about 3 days. i now understand that buying a power supply from the country your in, will make any xbox 360 power up and work fine.

  • nyguyinau

    I also live in australia but im from NY, I have my xbox 360 here with me and I just wanna be 100% sure that if buying a power supply from australia will make my US xbox 360 work.

    • i think the safest thing is to buy a voltage converter. i’m not sure if an Australian power supply will work fine with your US 360, but i’d be surprised if it doesn’t. i took a chance with the Korean power supply, and it’s worked fine with my US 360. good luck!

  • nyguyinau

    I also live in australia but im from NY, I have my xbox 360 here with me and I just wanna be 100% sure that if buying a power supply from australia will make my US xbox 360 work.

    • i think the safest thing is to buy a voltage converter. i’m not sure if an Australian power supply will work fine with your US 360, but i’d be surprised if it doesn’t. i took a chance with the Korean power supply, and it’s worked fine with my US 360. good luck!

  • citrus

    I just fried my 110v power brick by plugging it into a 220v outlet. A friend of mine has a 220v power brick he isnt using. Is it ok to plug that brick into my US xbox 360 without damaging the unit? And if it is ok, do i connect it straight to the outlet of do i run it through a transformer?

    Thank you in advance

    • i can’t guarantee anything… but only from my own experience here in South Korea, i’ve been using a US Xbox 360 with a Korean power brick. the power brick uses 220v and plugs directly into the outlet–no voltage converter or plug adapter needed.

      although recently, my xbox 360 died and has the red-ring of death problem… i don’t think this is because i’m using a different power brick, but i’m not 100% positive either. i had been using the US xbox 360 with a Koeran power brick for about 1.5 years without any problems.

      if you feel unsure about using the 220v power brick with your xbox, then i’d suggest getting a voltage converter and a new US power brick. good luck!

  • citrus

    I just fried my 110v power brick by plugging it into a 220v outlet. A friend of mine has a 220v power brick he isnt using. Is it ok to plug that brick into my US xbox 360 without damaging the unit? And if it is ok, do i connect it straight to the outlet of do i run it through a transformer?

    Thank you in advance

    • i can’t guarantee anything… but only from my own experience here in South Korea, i’ve been using a US Xbox 360 with a Korean power brick. the power brick uses 220v and plugs directly into the outlet–no voltage converter or plug adapter needed.

      although recently, my xbox 360 died and has the red-ring of death problem… i don’t think this is because i’m using a different power brick, but i’m not 100% positive either. i had been using the US xbox 360 with a Koeran power brick for about 1.5 years without any problems.

      if you feel unsure about using the 220v power brick with your xbox, then i’d suggest getting a voltage converter and a new US power brick. good luck!

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  • James

    Do you happen to know where in Seoul I can buy a Korean Xbox 360 adapter? Just moved here a week ago.

    • Tonys_oilers

      Hey sorry I know you posted a while ago but the place is called the Yongsan Electronics Market. It’s on line one of the subway right in Seoul. Hope that helps. Computers and Gaming stuff is on the top floor.

  • Ryan Blaisdell

    Hey, I had the same problem, I wish I would have seen this earlier. Where in Seoul did you buy the new power supply?

    • Adam_hunter32

      Did you find where to buy a power supply for your xbox 360 here in Seoul? I just moved here less than a month ago and I really want to use my 360. If you found one how much was it?

    • Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the place I got the power supply from. I do remember it was in a very large mall-like building with floors and floors of electronics. On one of the upper floors, there were many booths dedicated to selling video games. I just randomly walked around looking for any sort of Xbox 360 stuff, until one guy stopped me, and, in English, asked if i needed any help. I told him I wanted a power supply for my Xbox 360, and he just pulled out the power supply that was connected to the display Xbox 360 and sold it to me for 70 or 80 thousand won. This was two years ago though, so I forgot where it was at… And the prices may have changed.

      Not sure, but this might help with the searching; the Korean word for the power supply is: xbox 360 ์ „์› ๊ณต๊ธ‰

      • JonInKorea

        Hey man, thank you. I think you saved my Xbox. Do you have any idea where I can try to purchase it? I live in Gangnam near the Coex mall. I went there and nobody seemed to have any idea where I could even buy a Korean power brick. Where can I try?

  • Arishetty

    I have ย US xbox 360 and i burnt the power supply by plgging it in UK, and obviously by reading all the posts above clearly i shouldnt have done it. However reading your posts further it suggests i can use a UK power supply to run my xbox? Although the output from my US power supply is different i.e. it has 2 seperated circles which goes into the xbox unlike the UK xbox power supply which dosent have tht…so i am confused will the UK one actually fit into my xobx??

  • this has happened to me too now wat to do my power supplt smells like its burnt